Pop Up Bench Dogs

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Project by SignWave posted 02-27-2016 03:43 AM 3262 views 19 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an incredibly simple project, I feel a bit weird posting it, but I find it so useful that I wanted to share. It’s definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of this sooner?” type things.

I made a wooden block to hold a magnetic door latch and mounted it under the workbench, below the dog hole. I turned a wooden piece to act as a bench dog. When you combine the two, you have a bench dog that will either sit flush with the workbench top or sit just above the surface when you need to use it as a bench dog.

It’s really hard to show in pictures because the block is below the workbench and the dog is above (of course). If you like, you can see the build video:

-- Barry,

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 04:02 AM

Great idea! I am going to steal this one.

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#2 posted 02-27-2016 04:08 AM

Thanks Jay. Steal away!

-- Barry,

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#3 posted 02-27-2016 04:20 AM

That’s awesome – it’s like the Veritas Prairie Dog, only about a tenth of the cost! Great job!

Wish I had seen this before i bought them!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#4 posted 02-27-2016 01:17 PM

Dang clever, Yankee Ingenuity, Thank you for posting, might have to try this.

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 02-27-2016 03:02 PM

Bravo, great idea and execution!

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#6 posted 02-27-2016 09:03 PM

Clever and useful idea! Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 02-27-2016 09:21 PM

Great job. Pretty sure I’m gonna steal this one.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 02-28-2016 12:05 AM

So simple, it’s awesome.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 12:47 AM

That is really cool. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 02:04 AM

Thanks for the kind words, guys. I really hope this helps you out.

-- Barry,

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#11 posted 02-28-2016 02:05 AM

Pure genius!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 02-28-2016 02:47 AM

Very clever. These would seem to be even less effort You could screw them directly to the bottom of the bench

If only:
1) they weren’t out of stock
2) Didn’t require you to order 1000 of them.

Maybe another jock will know of a good source for these ?

edited: Looks like a possible source

or another style

or these with a little variation

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 02-28-2016 08:19 PM

Great idea! I’m going to try this on my own workbench.

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#14 posted 08-18-2016 10:54 PM

Very nifty!

-- D. Lawless Hardware

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